- b. September 18, 1945
Joan Marie Sawicki is a former British Columbia politician. She earned a BA in Education in 1968 and worked as a secondary school teacher and land-use consultant before entering politics. In 1987 she served one term on the Burnaby City Council. From 1991 to 2001, she served as an MLA for the BC NDP, representing Burnaby-Willingdon. She held the positions of Speaker of the Legislative Assembly (1992-1994) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Municipal Affairs (1994-1996) and to the Minister of Environment, Lands, and Parks (1996-1998). In 1999, she herself was named as the Minister of Environment, Lands, and Parks, a position which she held until 2000.